Iowa Literary Legends: T.C. Boyle

May 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m. at The Englert Theatre Hear Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle (74MFA) read from his acclaimed works during this rescheduled event at the Englert Theatre. Since the mid-1970s, Boyle has published 28 books of fiction that explore topics ranging from historical biography to ecological apocalypse—and tackle themes such […]

Dylan scholar Michael Gray to speak on April 14

***This event has been canceled. Stay tuned to iowacitybookfestival.org for updates. Gray pioneered the serious study of Bob Dylan’s work with, Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan, in 1972, the first such critical book. Born in 1946, he grew up on Merseyside, England, and studied History and English Literature at York University, […]

JANET EVANOVICH AND NELSON DEMILLE IN CONVERSATION

Join us for this special virtual event with #1 New York Times bestselling authors Janet Evanovich and Nelson DeMille. Both DeMille and Evanovich have created some of the most iconic recurring characters in fiction, keeping them interesting, surprising, and fresh, novel after novel. In this fascinating conversation, these literary legends will discuss how to keep their readers […]

REBECCA SOLNIT NAMED 2021 PAUL ENGLE PRIZE WINNER

Rebecca Solnit has been named the eleventh recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in […]

Iowa City Book Festival offers readings, film screenings, exhibits, and more, late October and throughout the fall

The 13th annual Iowa City Book Festival, which will be held Oct. 18-24, will feature a mix of in-person and online events that blend original programming and partnerships with co-presenters to celebrate the written word. Several events focus on authors with ties to the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, while others highlight issues related to […]

Catch up on the festival

Did you miss one of our 2020 Book Festival events? Did you like one so much you want to watch it again or share it with a friend? We have you covered. All of our events were recorded and can be watched whenever you like. You have a few options. Do you want to watch […]

Book Festival moves online for 2020

Events for the 12th annual Iowa City Book Festival will be held online with original programming and partnerships with co-presenters that celebrate authors from around the block and around the world. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the festival, which usually is held at various locations throughout the area, will be available to anyone with access to […]

Iowa City Book Festival Scheduled for October 1-6, 2019

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City Book Festival’s 11th year will feature a mix of authors, panel discussions, workshops, a book fair and more, with programming that blends the best in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The festival will be held from Oct. 1-6, with most events at various locations throughout downtown Iowa City. Long a […]

Take our 2018 ICBF attendee survey

Did you attend this year’s Iowa City Book Festival? Please let us know how we did. We use feedback to be sure we keep things that work and improve things that don’t (though, sadly, we have no control over the weather). You can find the survey here: bit.ly/ICBF18

Dina Nayeri named 2018 Paul Engle Prize winner

Dina Nayeri has been named the seventh recipient of the Paul Engle Prize, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization. The prize, established in 2011, honors an individual who, like Paul Engle, represents a pioneering spirit in the world of literature through writing, editing, publishing, or teaching, and whose active participation in […]